Lionel Messi, captain of the world champion Argentine national team, appeared this Thursday at the Inter Miami training center to carry out his first practice session with his new team, even though his formal presentation will be next Sunday.
The star arrived in the morning at the Florida franchise complex attached to the Drink Pink stadium to put himself under the orders of coach Gerardo Martino and work with his new teammates, according to ESPN.
The man from Rosario will be presented next Sunday with a big event at the Drive Pink stadium in Fort Lauderdale and his debut is scheduled for July 21 against Cruz Azul for the Leagues Cup. There is also the possibility of a press conference for Monday and the next day an open practice.
Meanwhile, the squad will play on Saturday against St. Louis City, as a visitor, in the match that will mark the debut of “Tata” Martino and which is also the last before the break that MLS will enter until August 20.
Messi arrived in Miami on Tuesday afternoon after spending a few days off with his family on the beaches of the Bahamas. On Wednesday night he went out to dinner with his family at a renowned restaurant and photos with the owner and singer Diego Torres went viral, as well as videos of the fans who waited for him at the exit.
Messi’s vacation began on June 15 after his presence at the Argentine team’s friendly against Australia in Beijing. The man from Rosario spent a few days at his house in a private neighborhood in Funes and participated in the tribute matches for Maximiliano Rodríguez and Juan Román Riquelme, on June 24 and 25, respectively.
The champion of America and the World with Argentina was released from Paris Saint-Germain on June 30 after two seasons at the French club. Inter Miami will be the third club of his magnificent career that began in November 2003 in Barcelona. At 36, Messi will play the next two at Inter Miami, which is currently bottom of the Eastern Conference.
In the Florida franchise, he will once again be led by “Tata” Martino, who had him in the National Team and in Barcelona, and will have his friends Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba as teammates. He will also share a squad with Argentines Franco Negri, who is recovering from a serious knee injury, Nicolás Stefanelli and Benjamín Cremaschi. In addition, the club is interested in hiring the striker from Colón, Facundo Farías, who could join the list of Argentine players in the Miami entity.